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DONT BE FOOLED WITH THIS LEMON MODEL
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By Sara
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2003 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I purchased this car 5 years ago, paid top dollar for the one year old car. It had all the options on it I was looking for as well as lots of room. This car has had several recalls, all of which have been repaired. However 2 years ago MAJOR probs started when my heat went out. Nissan had NO idea how to fix it. Then just this month my catalytic converted exploded, I replaced and a week later with more probs told it was TOTAL ENGINE FAILURE. At 130,000 highly maintained miles this should not be expected from a Nissan. But the Nissan reps I have spoken to, have said it was old and not surprising. I expected more out of a $24,000 car. I have driven Hondas much more. Will never buy another Nissan.


Best Features

The space, the luxury options. It has always driven good until the whole system failed.


Worst Features

Headlamps overhead, burn out and burn the plastic lamp coverings. The plastic catalytic converter gives out early and with the heat it causes an explosion and engine failure. And for Nissan to find out why hundreds of customers deal with the heat going out around 100,000 miles.


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In the end, reliable
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By wrecks7
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2003 Nissan Altima Sedan 3.5 SE 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 4A)


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The car proved to be fairly reliable, especially since I paid little attention to its upkeep. At the time and at this price point, the Altima stood alone in performance and appearance. The AC went kaput in year four, engine mounts in year six. Downside is the poor material used in for the interior (I've seen GM cars with better plastic), and the body is only slightly more dent resistant than a can of Spam. However, the most frustrating was its awful turning radius. It was inexcusably poor.


Best Features

At its price point, you get a lot of car. An engine with a lot of get-up-and-go. The base stereo provided a good enough distraction from the road noise. Mines even came with steering wheel audio controls. Loved that. The interior space was generous.


Worst Features

Turning radius, of course. And I do believe Nissan addressed the interior in latter iterations of the Altima.


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Held up on West and East
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By Rhode I to Nevada
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2003 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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Has been a reliable care up to 113K miles. First (recently), the computer chip that controls the shifting. Second, the struts are now history. However the brakes lasted for 100K miles. I bought this car new in CT and it's not with me in NV. Sslvage life is coming due but I still got a good ROI considering what I paid for it new.


Best Features

Looks sporty.


Worst Features

Ride is a little loud. Car rised really low and does not handle snow that great.


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Holy Pricey Repairs, Batman!
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By SRyan
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2003 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I love my Nissan, but will not be purchasing another. Mechanically it has been sound, but there have been body issues and minor things that are expensive to repair. (Ex. $103 to change a headlamp BULB). If you live in the snow belt, you will notice that snow packs into the wheel well, making steering in bad weather difficult. Also tends to get stuck in snow, due to riding so low to the ground.


Best Features

Comfortable to drive for long distances. Fun gear shift.


Worst Features

Make it easier to make minor repairs. It's not even an easy reach to check the oil.


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Been a great car so far
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By Halbergrada
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2003 Nissan Altima Sedan 2.5 SL 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 4A)


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I have put 57,000 miles on my Altima. Right now I'm sitting at just under 75,000 miles. So far I have not had any major maintenance issues and the car has been very reliable. I did have to replace the brakes at 45k miles and the tires at 50k, which I think is pretty reasonable. It's not using a drop of oil. I do have one annoyance. My drivers window switch is going out and sometimes it takes a few tries to get my window to stay up.


Best Features

Heated seats, bose stereo, homelink door opener, split back seat, 20 gal tank.


Worst Features

(1) The seats are not comfortable at all for me. My back or neck is constantly bothering me. My wife doesn't' like them either. Our 2005 Accord has better seats. 2) The paint isn't the greatest especially on the front where it's plastic. It's really starting to chip away now.


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